Sebastian A. Charles

Sebastian A. Charles

K&L Gates LLP

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Government to Remove Rules Preventing Short-Term Renting of Residential Properties in London

The rules were introduced by the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1973 (and amended by the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1983). Under these Acts, use as temporary sleeping accommodation in exchange...more

6/18/2014 - Popular Property Owners Real Estate Market Rental Property

Underground Drilling: Consultation on Proposal for Underground Access for the Extraction of Gas, Oil or Geothermal Energy

The UK government are currently inviting responses to the consultation paper issued in May into their proposals to introduce a statutory right of access to underground land (at a depth of 300 metres or below) in England in...more

6/12/2014 - Energy Fracking Natural Gas Oil & Gas Shale Gas UK

Permitted Development Rights in the UK?Change of Use from Office to Residential?the next chapter

Some recent changes have been made to the prior approval procedures for these permitted development rights, introduced by Eric Pickles in May last year, to permit the change of use of a building from Class B1(a) office to...more

5/30/2014 - Building Codes Building Permits Permits Real Estate Development UK

Latest Community Infrastructure Levy Amendment Regulations come into force

The latest round of amendments to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Regulations 2010 have come into force. Key changes are: - Phased payment of CIL for hybrid and other multi-phase consents - CIL can be...more

2/27/2014 - Affordable Housing Infrastructure

STOP PRESS: Permitted Development Rights - Change of Use from Office to Residential

Hot on the heels of the recent dismissal of the High Court challenge by the London Borough of Islington and others into the exempted areas, Nick Boles, (the Planning Minister) has issued a Ministerial Statement in respect of...more

2/7/2014 - Urban Planning & Development

Permitted Development Rights - Change of Use

These permitted development rights were announced by Eric Pickles in January 2013 as one of the measures promoted by the government last year to increase the national housing supply. They came into effect in May 2013 and...more

2/4/2014 - Land Developers UK Urban Planning & Development

UK Shale Gas - the next instalment

The UK government are currently considering responses to the consultation paper issued last month into their proposals to revise the current requirements relating to planning applications for onshore oil and gas in England....more

10/29/2013 - Energy Policy Environmental Policies Fracking Natural Gas Oil & Gas Shale Gas UK

Greenhouse Gas Reporting for UK Quoted Companies

These new regulations will come into force on 1 October 2013 and are part of the Government’s proposals to simplify and strengthen company reports....more

8/21/2013 - Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Requirements UK

UK Shale Gas-Planning Practice Guidance for Onshore Oil and Gas

“Shale Gas is a resource with huge potential to broaden the UK’s energy mix. We want to create the right conditions for industry to explore and unlock that potential in a way that allows communities to share in the benefits”....more

7/31/2013 - Oil & Gas Shale Gas UK

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 introduces a number of reforms designed to simplify and streamline existing planning procedures to provide greater clarity for owners and developers of listed buildings or...more

6/17/2013 - Building Standards Consent Order Conservation Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act Sustainability

Light at the End of the Tunnel - Consultation on Reform of Rights to Light in England and Wales

The private right to light is an arcane area of law and which many developers would agree is long overdue for reform. Development schemes can be thwarted by private landowners even after the proposal has passed through the...more

5/8/2013 - EU Land Developers Natural Light Rights

Community Infrastructure Levy: More Changes Proposed

The Government is consulting on further changes to the CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) regime. CIL allows local authorities to raise funds from developers undertaking new building projects in their area. The funds are put...more

4/18/2013 - Infrastructure Levy Proposed Legislation Public Projects

United Kingdom Office of Unconventional Gas and Oil - New Fracking Controls

A new office within the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has been formed to oversee the exploitation of shale gas by fracking and other types of unconventional oil and gas exploitation in the UK. The...more

12/20/2012 - DECC Fracking Oil & Gas Shale Gas

Community Infrastructure Levy: Some Good News for Developers

The Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) Regulations 2012 came into force on 29 November, removing the risk of developers being double charged CIL. These changes are long overdue, as they correct the ridiculous...more

12/6/2012 - Urban Planning & Development

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